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Friday, November 4 • 1:15pm - 1:40pm
The Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) Process and Rubric for the review and improvement of online courses.

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The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) has developed an online course design rubric and process that addresses both the instructional design and accessibility of an online course that is openly licensed for anyone to use and adapt. The aim of the Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric and Process is to assist online instructional designers and online faculty improve the quality and accessibility of their online courses, while also providing a system-wide approach to collect data that informs faculty development, and supports large scale online course design review and refresh efforts systematically and consistently. The OSCQR rubric and process are currently being used by 38 SUNY institutions.

There are two components OSCQR:

1. The OSCQR Process provides a Framework and Dashboard that support a campus-tailored and scalable approach to improving the instructional design of online or blended courses.

2. The OSCQR Rubric has 37 online course design standards and 37 accessibility standards. The Rubric is flexible and designed to be used in a variety of course quality assurance approaches.

We are in the process of improving OSCQR and will launch a new version of the rubric that will have integrated accessibility standards and will include course-level standards for incorporating OER into online instruction and be more extensible for standards dealing with other topics.

The rubric can be used formatively with new online faculty to help guide, inform and influence the design of their new online courses. It is non-evaluative: Conceptually the rubric and process approach course review and refresh as a professional development exercise, to guide faculty in their understanding of improving course design from an effective practices perspective, rather than as a course evaluation, or quality assurance procedure. It prioritizes changes. An Action Plan is automatically generated by the course review process that presents recommendations for course design improvements based on the review, and assists in prioritization of course revisions based on the estimated time to make those improvements. The rubric also provides suggestions for course design improvements for each standard that can be selected from a menu of options by each reviewer to supplement reviewer feedback. The rubric can be customized. Standards can be added, edited, and /or eliminated. There is no license fee for use of the rubric. It is shared with a creative Creative Commons license: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US. Because the OSCQR Rubric is licensed under Creative Commons, and the Dashboard is licensed under LGPL, the entire process can be shared, used by anyone with no cost, and can be customized to address individual campus environments.

If you attend this session you will:

1. Become an Open SUNY Fellow in the "Friend of SUNY" role so we can continue the conversation started in the session.

2. Earn a badge for participation by giving us feedback on the planned improvements to the rubric.

3. Take home the OSCQR Rubric

OSCQR Links:

The Rubric:


OSCQR rubric annotations:


Adopting the OSCQR rubric:


A video overview of the rubric and dashboard:


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Alexandra M. Pickett

Director, Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence
I lead the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence. Talk to me about online teaching and learning. Online faculty development. Online instructional design. Large-scale online faculty development. Building online communities of practice. Online course quality, standards, and... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 1:15pm - 1:40pm EDT